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Initiative 62

Real time pasture cover estimation

There is an oportunity for farmers to assess pasture cover (biomass) and alocate stock to paddocks on the basis of mathcing feed demand and feed supply. However currently this technology is subjective, time consuming and subject to error.

What are we doing?

This project will investigate the use of Active Optical Sensors for the real time measurement of biomass production in pastures.  Active Optical Sensors will be calibrated to measure pasture production across a range of agro-ecological regions and pasture types in southern Australia.  A mobile device application will also be developed for producers to use the technology and geo-reference measurements.

Timing:

August 2017